Hoover hopes to open city’s own tag renewal center

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — The Hoover City Council gave Mayor Gary Ivey the go-ahead to try and bring a tag renewal center to the city during a meeting Monday evening.

Monday night’s vote is more about creating a new identity for Hoover than bringing in revenue.

As many Hoover residents return from renewing their tags, their stories are usually similar: lines, lines and more lines.

“Jefferson County is well documented with their struggles with finances and their ability to maintain acceptable lines at the courthouse for tag renewals,” Councilman John Lyda said.

A bill passed into law in 2014 allows cities to take that burden off counties.

The Hoover City Council voted to allow Ivey to try and garner their own tag renewal center.

The lines will be a lot lower than they are at Jefferson County, and they’ll be able to do it right in the heart of their own city if everything goes according to plan.

As it stands, the Hoover Met would be the likely location for the tag renewal center.

The stadium has been largely unused since the Birmingham Barons opted to move the team to Regions Field in Birmingham.

“We’re going through what I would call a rebranding time where we’re trying to rebrand it from just a sports facility to more of a multi-use facility,” Lyda said. “Our event planning staff is hard at work planning events there. SEC baseball is obviously coming at the end of the month.”

Now that Ivey has the approval of the city council, his hope is to have the Hoover Met operational as a renewal center by June 1.

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